Chan, Weddell Lead Aggies To School Record At MPSF Meet

March 20, 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Junior Tiffany Chan and senior Amber Weddell each tied school event records as UC Davis scored a school-record 194.350 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's gymnastics championships at Spartan Gym Saturday. Weddell hit 9.925 to anchor the Aggies on uneven bars, while Chan posted a 9.950 on floor exercise.

The Aggies took third in the meet, behind Sacramento State's second-place score of 195.400 and host San Jose State, which won the meet at 195.925.

UC Davis entered vault with a 145.950 total after three events, needing a 47.750 mark to tie the school record of 193.700, the team's winning score at the 1999 USAG Collegiate Nationals. Heidi Bortfeld led off the event with a career-best 9.650. Then Megan Nakagawa, Nickie Bykhovsky and Arianne Furman each turned in 9.625-point efforts. Finally, Chan locked the door on the 194-point barrier with her mark of 9.850, matching her personal best. Julia Richards added a 9.650 in the sixth slot of the rotation.

"This meet gives them a lot of confidence, knowing that they hit their routines. That's the main thing," said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "It gives them some momentum going into nationals."

Weddell's record score was one of three career-high marks set during the Aggies' bars rotation. Nicole Doherty led off the meet with a 9.775 effort, and Brandi Forte preceded Weddell with a 9.825. UC Davis posted a 48.875 score in the event, the second-highest bars total in school history. Weddell finished second in the meet.



Coincidentally, the school record of 49.075 came in the same gym almost exactly five years ago, when SJSU hosted the Western Independent Championships, the predecessor to the MPSF meet.

UC Davis also hit a season best on floor exercise, totalling 49.250. In addition to Chan's mark, Richards added a 9.875 while Doherty and Nakagawa each scored 9.825.

Doherty and sophomore Hanna Anderson helped close out a 47.800 team score on balance beam. Doherty hit 9.750 and Anderson added a 9.700 to finish the rotation. Tiffany Chan and Arianne Furman also had solid beam performances, scoring 9.650 and 9.600, respectively.

"Hanna has had such a struggle this year," said Goldbar. "This was a lot of pressure, being up last with two people missing ahead of her. And she came through. She showed a lot of guts."

The Aggies' team total marks the seventh time in school history and only the second time in the 2004 season that they had surpassed even the 193-point barrier. UC Davis hit 193.025 at Sacramento State just one week before.

Binta Coleman of Sacramento State won the individual all-around at 39.350. She also tied for third on both bars and beam with scores of 9.900 and 9.800, respectively. The Spartans' Shirla Choy took second in the all-around at 39.200. She captured the bars title at 9.950 and tied for second on floor exercise at 9.950. Additionally, Choy was named MPSF Gymnast of the Year while Paul Stoklos of Alaska Anchorage garnered Coach of the Year accolades.

Nirvana Zaher of CSUS and Jennifer Greene of SJSU were also event winners. Zaher posted a 9.875 on vault while Greene hit a perfect 10.0 on floor exercise to end the meet.

UC Davis heads to the USAG Collegiate National Championships in April.


TEAM SCORES - 1. San Jose State 195.925; 2. Sacramento State 195.400; 3. UC Davis 194.350; 4. Alaska Anchorage 193.750; 5. Seattle Pacific, 193.050; 6. Air Force 192.525.

ALL-AROUND (Winner plus Aggies/Hornets) - 1. Binta Coleman, CSUS, 39.350.

VAULT - 1. Nirvana Zaher, CSUS, 9.875... t2. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.850; t6. Binta Coleman, CSUS; Jessica Hoffman, CSUS, 9.775; t10. Tiffany Bass, CSUS, 9.675; T16. Julia Richards, UC Davis; Meloney Greer, CSUS; Heidi Bortfeld, UC Davis, 9.650; T20. Arianne Furman, UC Davis; Megan Nakagawa, UC Davis; Nickie Bykhovsky, UC Davis, 9.625; 32. Rachel Anderson, CSUS, 9.525.

UNEVEN BARS - 1. Shirla Choy, SJSU, 9.950; 2. Amber Weddell, UC Davis, 9.925... T3. Binta Coleman, CSUS, Meloney Greer, CSUS, 9.900; T8. Brandi Forte, UC Davis, 9.825; T12. Jessica Hoffman, CSUS; Carrie Kinghorn, CSUS, 9.800; T15. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis, 9.775; 18. Nirvana Zaher, CSUS, 9.750; T23. Nickie Bykhovsky, UC Davis; Kimiye Narasaki, CSUS, 9.700; 26. Mei Ling Clark, UC Davis, 9.650; 27. Arianne Furman, UC Davis, 9.625.

BALANCE BEAM - 1. Amberly Klein, SJSU, 9.850... T3. Binta Coleman, CSUS, 9.800; T6. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis, 9.750; T11. Trista Condren, CSUS; Hanna Anderson, UC Davis, 9.700; T14. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.650; T18. Arianne Furman, UC Davis, 9.625; T21. Jessica Hoffman, CSUS, 9.500; 26. Tiffany Bass, CSUS, 9.400; T27. Nirvana Zaher, CSUS, 9.375; 32. Heidi Bortfeld, UC Davis, 9.100; T33. Julia Richards, UC Davis, 9.050.

FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Jennifer Greene, SJSU, 10.000; T2. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.950... T4. Stefanie Aeder, CSUS, 9.925; T8. Nirvana Zaher, CSUS, 9.900; T10. Binta Coleman, CSUS; Tiffany Bass, CSUS; Julia Richards, UC Davis, 9.875; T18. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis; Megan Nakagawa, UC Davis, 9.825; T25. Carolyn Kampf, UC Davis; Courtney Hibler, CSUS, 9.775; T30. Trista Condren, CSUS; Valerie Yep, UC Davis, 9.700.